Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Atlas of U.S. Historical Geography


Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States



The Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States was originally published in 1932 and was recently digitized and made available online by the Digital Scholarship Lab at The University of Richmond

There is an amazing array of historical info here. 

  • Railroad expansion
  • Native American History
  • Politics thru the years
  • Territorial Claims
  • U.S. Military History
  •  ... you name it!  

The Table of Contets is nicely organized and easily navigable
Atlas >


Monday, December 30, 2013

The never-ending quest for the perfect map


Pictured above: The Pivot Map
"Politics is driven to some extent by geographic issues..."
- English geographer and imperialist Halford Mackinder

From Ptolemy  to Google, interesting article on the evolution of maps.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Open Accessible Space Information System (OASIS)



Develop a better understanding of the NYC environment with a robust data-driven interactive map. Search for and view open spaces, property information, transportation networks and more,  all in one place. 


Geological Evolution

Pretty nicely done  - click to enlarge
(Can't find any more info on this masterpiece...)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Interactive Trail Maps

This post features some of the maps I have created in a variety of formats: vector graphic apps, interactive Action Scripting and of course the amazing and powerful Google Maps.

Through the years, I have been a strong advocate of online learning and interactive design. Building trail maps has given me the opportunity to share with others a visual overview of the parks I have visited.


Fairfield County Ride Guide 

An interactive guide to popular mountain biking locations in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The site features interactive Google Maps and an array of related info.  Visit Site >


Pequonnock River Valley

The beautiful Pequonnock River Valley in Trumbull Connecticut is an amazing place. I worked as a Trail "Ambassador" there for a few years, fixing, building and mapping the trails. There is an extensive network of trails available and it is blessed with both historical ruins and breathtaking scenery. Visit Site >


Assorted Mountain Biking Trail Maps 

A few spots in the northeast.... Visit Site >


Monday, October 28, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Middle East History - Visual Quick Study

  - Note: Click on any map to enlarge it - 

Ancient History (B.C.)

Fertile Crescent

The Earliest Civilizations

3500 BC

Mesopotamia: First States and Writing

Bronze Age - 1400 BC

1450 B.C.

Fall of the Assyrian Empire

Egyptian and Hittite Empires 1290 BC 
 

Babylonian Empire 560 B.C.


The Persian Empire - 490 B.C.
The Persian Empire - 500 BC

Armenia - 50 AD


For Further Details


Roman Influence (A.D.)

Roman Empire - 200 AD


Roman Empire Divided - 450 AD



The Rise of Islam

Islamic Conquests 620 A.D. - 750 A.D.


Continual Turmoil

Byzantine, Seljuk Turks, Mongol and Crusader Influence
Byzantine Empire 1000-1100

The Seljuk Turks 1100


The Crusades 1096 - 1270
Mongol Empire 1294



Ottoman Influence

1841- Ottoman Empire

1914 - Ottoman Empire


Post World War 1 - European Partitioning

1916 - The Sykes-Picot Agreement

1922 - Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire 

1940


Religions

1982 - Shiite Population

Distribution of Religions (Modern Day - Mediterranean and Middle East)


Further Study - Map Collections, etc.

TimeMaps > 
Great Chronological Succession of Maps, Timeline Based

Middle East Maps > 
Extensive Map Library



and finally… Conjecture for the Future


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Geography of America's Music Scenes


Metro Music Index


NOTE: This map is a  measure of the concentration of musicians and music-related businesses, not the vibrancy or impact or quality of artists to emerge from a location.

While radio and the recording business have become much more corporate and standardized, musicians still cluster more in some places than others.

"Cities with vibrant music scenes mimic the process of innovation."

Monday, September 9, 2013

Languages in the United States (Map)


A Map of Languages in the United States
The MLA Language Map is a free resource from 
the Modern Language Association that gives detailed information 
about linguistic diversity in the United States


Click on the View the Map link
Select Prevalent Language Other Than English maps 
to see the most spoken language in each county

Saturday, September 7, 2013

U.S. Language Mapper Tool


2011 Language Mapper Tool - U.S Census Bureau



This highly interactive map does a good job of showing 
where non-english languages prevail through out the U.S.A.


Map Visualizations are based on this data >

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Measure of America - Interactive Map


The Measure of America 2013–2014

"In the era of “big data,” it would seem that policymakers and regular people alike would have the information they need at their fingertips to understand their world and make it better. Unfortunately, that’s far from the case. Though we know the country’s gross domestic product quarterly, its retail sales monthly, and stock market numbers minute-by-minute, we rarely hear statistics on our country’s people.
How long can a baby born today in Missouri, New Mexico, or Minnesota expect to live? What proportion of adults have completed high school in Houston as compared to Dallas? What wages and salaries are typical of Latinos in the United States, and how do they compare to those of whites or African Americans?"
Measure of America
- A Project of the Social Science Research Council


The Measure of America 2013–2014

Chock full of infographics and interactive maps, this site is a project of the Social Science Research Council. Its mission is to use data points to measure American's well-being and access to opportunity. The third volume in the Measure of America series measures well-being in three vital areas—health, education, and earnings.

Interactive Map

Ever wondered how your state or congressional district stacks up compared with your neighbors on life expectancy, preschool enrollment, earnings or dozens of other indicators?  Create customized maps >